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Fife College Computing Student Wins Gold

A computing student, who studies at Fife College, has won a Gold Medal at the UK WorldSkills competition held recently in Glasgow.
Derek Nutley (left) on behalf of World Skills presenting the gold medal to student Matthew Ashton-Jones (right).
Derek Nutley (left) on behalf of World Skills presenting the gold medal to student Matthew Ashton-Jones (right).

​Matthew Ashton-Jones, 18 from Dunfermline, won first place in the IT Technician category for his wide range of computer skills and knowledge. The event was held at Glasgow Clyde College’s Cardonald Campus, where participants from across the country came together to compete.

Matthew, who is currently studying HND Computing: Networking at Fife College, was supported at the event by his lecturer Norman Ley. Norman said: “I am extremely proud of Matthew’s skills and his dedication to the course. Matthew has worked extremely hard and I wish him well in the rest of his studies and future career.”

Matthew competed on behalf of Fife College against other colleges from across Scotland and won this heat. His success has meant that he has been invited to participate in the UK Final and is one of eight from across the UK competing in November.  

Matthew enjoyed the competition and was delighted to be recognised for his hard work. Said Matthew: “I was thrilled to hear that I had won first place in the competition. I would like to thank my lecturers for all the support they have given me throughout the year and I am looking forward to continuing with my studies.”

The WorldSkills Competition is designed to inspire young people to be ambitious in their careers and equip them with the correct skills to compete effectively. Set up by industry experts, the competitions assess individuals based on their practical skills, industry knowledge and various employability attributes.

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